Ginger Zingiber officinale
A tender perennial easy to grow in warm weather and rich soil. The rhizomes or roots have numerous culinary and medicinal uses.
Size: 4' high x 12-24" wide
Part Shade, Shade
Grow in healthy soil amended with organic material.
Plant rhizomes in spring, after last frost.
Provide regular, deep watering and organic fertilizer. To protect over winter, cut back and bring ginger plant in once temperatures drop below 50°F. Store in dry, cool place with no water to allow root to rest over winter. In spring, add some compost, and plant will regrow when temperatures are warm again. It can grow as a houseplant overwinter if kept in a warm, well-lit area.
Tall plants may be susceptible to wind damage. Easily freezes; protect with thick layer of mulch.
Matures in about 10 months. To harvest roots, gently dig up in fall before temperatures dip below 50°F. Break off foliage, wash root, and store in a cool place.
Seed Saving & Propagation
When harvesting, break of rhizome part with foliage and replant.
The roots and flowers are edible, raw or cooked. Numerous medicinal uses including reducing inflammation, alleviating nausea, and improving circulation. Prepare as a warming tea.